Posted by Glenn Mitchell on 15th Feb 2013
About me first. I'm a white 63 year old male. I'm retired from teaching. I've flown kites non competitively since 1985. I've obtained three " zero wind" kites to fly indoors at my local fitness center on alternated days to my weight training regimen. I'm making up for decades of physical neglect.
About the kites. Kite #1 was Gomberg's Flick. Be warned, it is not a zero wind indoor kite. It is too heavy and will nosedive consistently in zero wind. If you want a fun outdoor light wind single line SUL, give it a look. Kite #2 is IFlite2 from Highline Kites. This is a true zero wind kite and a consistent joy to fly. Buy this first! Read my review of it elsewhere on this site. Kite #3 is the Prism 4D. Here are my thoughts. You will read online from others how the kite's spars pull loose. You don't hear them say that once they learn to fly the kite that this won't happen. You don't hear them say that pulled spars are better than broken spars I recommend that your first flight be outdoors and using the supplied 50' line. Fly in zero wind, like I did. Take the finger straps off the flight line and just use the loops and your fingers. Set the bridle up for zero wind. Launch the kite and just fly it gently. You will soon learn that the kite is made to fly when you step toward and then away from the kite rhythmically. Develop a feel of keeping some tension on the flight lines at all times. If the lines go slack, give them a quick tug to push the kite higher and then regain tension on the lines. Fly the kite with the minimum expenditure of energy. Fly the kite to pastoral music to develop a feel. If the kite is going to crash, throw away the lines and let the kite settle. No harm, no foul! Next, know that flying the kite on shorter lines is much more challenging. This is what I must do since I intend to fly it indoors in the fitness center basketball court. Finally, wear good shoes. You will be back peddling for a while.